Cancer is one of the deadliest chronic conditions that can put the patient in a life-threatening situation. There are many types of treatment that have been introduced, and in some cases, the cancer is curable.
Understanding Some Fatal Cancerous Conditions
Although many advancements have been taking place in cancer care, there are still some cancers that have poor survival rates due to no cure at all. Let’s get to know about some fatal cancerous conditions that still don’t have a cure.
❇ Brain Cancer
Most often, Brain cancer in an adult is the result of other kinds of cancer that spreads through the patient’s body. Since the cancers are categorized according to cancer-originated sites, the survival statistics don’t include the cases of brain cancers that occurred due to other cancers. But in children, brain tumors actually start in the brain.
The causing factor might be due to the patient’s family history of excessive exposure to radiation to the head. Brain cancer treatment relies on how much the tumor has developed and what type of tumor that is. The diagnosis time plays a vital role in curing the brain and other nervous system cancers.
❇ Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Leukemia is generally stemmed from the bone marrow and originates from stem cells that gradually reach blood cells. This cancer is triggered when the blood cell development seizes and they turn cancerous. Blood cancer is classified into various stages, and the stage where the cancer cells turn to myeloid cells is called acute myeloid leukemia.
In this stage, the blood precursor cells lose their capacity to develop RBC, WBC, and platelets. This cancer can develop at any stage since its causing factor is too many. The best treatment approaches are chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation, etc.
❇ Acute Monocytic Leukemia
Acute monocytic leukemia is a subversion of acute myeloid leukemia. This cancer originates from blood precursor cells which are about to mature as monocytes that help with strengthening the human immune system. The treatment approaches include chemotherapy and other targeted therapies to mitigate the cancerous cells, or the patient can get stem cell transplantation to develop healthy blood cells.
❇ Lung and Bronchial Cancer
Lung and bronchial cancer has been showing a high mortality rate. According to various research studies smoking and using tobacco products is what causes lung cancer mostly. There are non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer, which are the major types of lung cancer. This cancer is less curable since the cancerous cells spread rather quickly. However, the patient can quit smoking to prepare them for receiving treatment.
❇ Pleural Cancer
Pleural cancer originates from the pleural cavity just outside of the lungs. There is also pleural mesothelioma condition; however, not all pleural cancers are mesotheliomas. The cure for pleural cancer is not established since researchers are still unsure about the histology of the pleural cancer tissues types. But the patients can receive surgery, chemotherapy, radiation as their treatments.
❇ Esophageal Cancer
As the name suggests, esophageal cancer occurs in the esophagus, which transports the food from the throat to the stomach. Smoking, drinking, or acid reflux in the stomach can be the primary reason for causing esophageal cancer. Its treatment generally depends on cancer’s development progress. Targeted therapies, immunotherapy, radiation and chemotherapy, and surgeries seem to be effective procedures to take cancer under control.
Cancer can only be cured if there is no trace of cancerous cells in the body whatsoever. But achieving that goal is hard for various aspects that are still elusive. However, there are many cancers that are not curable; they can be treated to have a good long-term outlook. There are many advanced therapies that can help patients live for a while, such as immunotherapies and target-centric therapies.